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Re: [xml-dev] Binary versus Text


I did once use the term "Char^*" for "text" and found these class inclusion

Of course "Char^*" byte sequences depend on the encoding used.

Mit besten Gruessen / Best wishes,

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  From:       "Costello, Roger L." <costello@mitre.org>                                                                              
  To:         "xml-dev@lists.xml.org" <xml-dev@lists.xml.org>,                                                                       
  Date:       11/24/2013 03:25 PM                                                                                                    
  Subject:    [xml-dev] Binary versus Text                                                                                           

Hi Folks,

Distinguishing "text" versus "binary" is important.

On October 30 we had a discussion titled, "Is the binary file format dead?"

During that discussion John Cowan made an excellent distinction between
binary and text files. I thought it would be useful to summarize the

The universe of computer files falls into two categories:

1. Binary files
2. Text files

By convention we normally restrict "binary" to files which are not
interpretable as streams of characters. [John Cowan]

The word "text" is applied to files which are interpretable as streams of

Of course any text file is also a binary file, since the class of text
files is obtained from the class of binary files by applying restrictions.
But it would be confusing to call a text file a binary file; it would be
like calling a cat a mammal: correct but imprecise.

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